Forgotten Seafarers of the First World War

During the First World War the Merchant Navy – the Mercantile Marine – was thrust into the conflict, becoming the supply service of the Royal Navy.Read more

8 Sites of Importance in the History of Black Music in Britain

Throughout November, Historic England has been supporting the BBC ‘Black and British’ season with a series of new listings that celebrate Black British history. In this (by no means exhaustive) list we look at some of the most important buildings and places in the history of music by artists of black origin. Greenwich Palace – Tudor Music Coming to London at the beginning of the 16th Century, the trumpeter John Blanke is one of the earliest recorded black people to have livedRead more

5 Black Heroes of the Abolition Movement in Britain

British businesses and institutions amassed huge wealth through their direct involvement in slavery. By the late 18th century popular revulsion at the horrors of slavery was growing – fuelled by a vociferous and organised abolition campaign. Freed slaves, and men and women who had travelled to England from Africa, the Caribbean islands and America played a crucial role in the campaign to stop slavery. These are the stories of five fearless writers and campaigners who fought to abolish slavery  MaryRead more

Black and British: Uncovering a Forgotten History

David Olusoga’s Black and British is a revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series which begins this week. Historic England has collaborated with the BBC and partners on Black and British, a season of programming and events celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain. Here, in extracts taken from his newRead more